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.s. policy and the comments president obama made to cnn just a few days ago. i want to bring in arol lewis and scottie hughes. good to see you. she's a new by on the show since i've been here. >> brand new, brand new. >> good to see you. i want to play what president obama told us chris cuomo about options in syria, u.s. options. listen. >> if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country, without a u.n. mandate, and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work? and, you know, those are considerations that we have to take in to account. now -- >> do you believe -- >> well, this latest event is something that we have got to take a look at. >> all right. so he's talking about mandates and coalitions, international law. that doesn't sound like a man preparing to take a military action. >> it very much does or somebody that doesn't want to take military action if he can avoid it. he wants to come in with a coalition. this is very much his style, the american style in the region.
missiles. >> obama orders a report justifying a strike as assad tell s america, you will fail. >>> also, yosemite tinderbox. firefighters replace tourists as thousands race to save an american treasure. >> oh, my god. >> this morning, condition critical. new concerns for the largest trees on earth, california's beautiful sequoias. have they met their match? >>> plus, extreme heat shutting down schools in the midwest. temperatures soaring well above 100. >> it's just really hot, and it's just hard because we're sweating and stuff like that. >> classes cancelled, practice postponed. relief not coming at least until the weekend. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin in syria and late developments on the possibility of u.s. military strikes. just minutes ago, we learned that defense secretary chuck hagel told the bbc the united states is ready to go if president obama orders an attack on syria. and that's not the only new development. within the last hour, we've learned of a u.s. intelligence report that's abou
few days really caused the concern. cnn agreed to a request from an obama administration official not to go in to details about the message all because of its sensitivity. we know that this message was a critical factor leading to the shut-down and not the only factor. several u.s. officials said they have seen an increase of threats of yemen for weeks. there have been some major prison breaks in the region that was affected, leaving al qaeda members who were behind bars unaccounted for. regardless, this was an unprecedented move. we saw something we don't always see in washington -- agreement between democrats and republicans saying they think the administration did the right thing shutting down the 2 2 embassies and consulates. president obama is celebrating his birthday at camp david and now back in washington. the white house said he is briefed about the threat and the national security team met to discuss it. fredericka? >> emily, it is monday in some places where these embassies have been closed, so what do we know about what's happening next? will they remain closed or open
obama to defend his red line on chemical weapons which rebels claim killed more than a thousands people in syria. >> we cannot sit still. >> reporter: syrian forces shelled so much it corrupted any evidence the u.n. might find this week. a u.s. official tells cnn behind the scenes multiple international sources have collected evidence from that site. the official says the sources took tissue samples and other evidence shortly after the attack. it was being analyzed in secure locations. that's why the white house tone changed so quickly from friday's get the inspectors in to sunday's it's too late to be credible. it's why an administration official sounded so confident in saying there's little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime against civilians. the president's newly updated options include cruise missiles launched from one of four navy destroyers or jets firing from outside syrian air space. >> we're prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. tell us some of the
, to the cnn newsroom. the top stories we're following at this hour. president obama discusses the syria crisis with his national security team. that after reports the syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons, killing hundreds of people. >>> in california a raging wildfire is exploding in size and spreading inside yosemite national park. >>> plus, it has been 50 years since martin luther king, jr. made his famous "i have a dream" speech at the lincoln memorial, and thousands today are gathering on the washington mall to celebrate that historic event. >>> we start in syria where the government is now accusing rebel forces of using chemical weapons. the claim comes as president obama meets with his national security team at the white house to talk about the reports of chemical weapons attacks by the syrian government. syrian state tv says soldiers found chemical weapons in tunnels used by rebels. cnn cannot confirm those claims or the authenticity of these images. the opposition claims government forces launched a nerve gas attack, killing hundreds of civilians. meanwhile a top u.n. offi
's capital. up first, in just moments, history in the making over at the white house. president obama kbeti inggettino award an army staff sergeant just 33 years old with the nation's highest military recognition, the medal of honor. staff sergeant ty carter will be the fifth living resip sip yent to get the honor for actions in iraq or afghanistan. you're about to hear his chilling story of courage and heroism during a fire fight with militants in afghanistan. we'll take you there live. >>> first, any minute now, the secretary of state john kerry will be making a statement on syria. all over this. the alleged use of chemical weapons, nerve gas, used on civilians, women and children. it's the latest in a string of alleged chemical weapons attacks across syria. right now u.n. weapons inspectors, they are inside syria. they are testing soil. earlier today they were fired upon by snipers as they tried to collect samples. for the first time the u.s. now says it has little doubt the assad regime has done the unthinkable. fred pleitgen is standing by in damascus. from the state department, elyse
favorite shows. saturday, president obama and his family head to martha's vin gard. it's become the annual summer vacation spot except last year when he was on the campaign trail. all right. thanks so much for joining us. a look at the top stories and more ahead in new york. >>> hello, welcome to cnn "newsroom." high alert right now the u.s. shut many foreign offices, embassies and consulates over fears of a terror attack. in the afternoon math of a bizarre deadly hit and run on venice beach, everyone is asking why would anyone do this? and he's putting on a brave face but is a-rod just hours away from a baseball suspension or worse, an outright ban? plus, meet the newest team member heading to the international space station. it could make big changes of how astronauts live in space. those stories and much ahead. it's a day when something happening in sports is making big newses. right now, we are hearing that new york yankee superstar alex rodriguez will be suspended effective this season and all of the next. a formal announcement isn't made yet. the source is "tous au.s. toda
. it's from a cnn exclusive interview with president obama. >> and if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country without a u.n. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it. do we have the coalition to make it work? and those are considerations that we have to take into account. >> do you believe you've seen enough? >> well, this latest event is something that we've got to take a look at. but keep in mind also, chris, because i know the american people keep this in mind, we've still got a war going on in afghanistan. >> preoccupied with the war in afghanistan. it really seems like he's sort of cautioning against the u.s. getting involved here. what do you make of his reasoning, ivan? >> reporter: well, it's very clear that the obama administration has been very reluctant to get involved in the syrian conflict which has been going on for more than two years, which has led to the deaths of more than 100,000 people and at least close to 2 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries. today
between samsung and apple but in a rare last-minute move the obama administration overturned this decision. alison kosik is live in new york with the latest on this. alison, this applies to products that are on the at&t network, right? >> exactly. the at&t network. what is interesting in this whole story is that the unlikely savior in this was u.s. trade representative ambassador michael froman and came one day before the ban would have gone into effect. the u.s. trade representative says the technology at issue is used so much that banning it would be a big disruption to the economy. so, now it means the older iphones and ipads will stay on sho store shelves. these older iphones and other gadgets, they've been selling really well because they're cheaper. samsung, of course, coming out and saying it was disappointed by the decision. brianna? >> the other thing, alison, we don't really hear. this is extraordinary that the white house got involved here. i cover the white house and i don't remember this happening during the obama administration. how rare is this? >> that's a good question. it
for the warnings. >>> as privacy criticings deman crackdown on surveillance programs, president obama promises to be more open about what they do. it's a move to restore the publ public's confidence. in a news conference, the president promised yesterday more transparency to reassure people the tracking of phone and internet data was not leading to abuses. >> what makes us different from other countries is not simply our ability to secure our nation, it's the way we do it. with open debate and democratic process. in other words, it's not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs. the american people need to have confidence in them as well. >> president obama also released an nsa document stating that the systems monitor 1.6% of all internet traffic, but analysts review far less than that. just .00004% of globalon line traffic. in less than an hour the president will speak at the disabled american veterans convention. 4,000 guests are expected. let's bring in dan lothian. right now you're on martha's vineyard because that's where the president will eventually end up after
about this being the beginning, not the end. on wednesday, president barack obama will be here along with former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter along with a lot of hollywood celebrities like jamey foxx, oprah winfrey. they will be marking that 50th anniversary i have a dream speech by martin luther king, jr. >> and chris, there were a number of people who you said had been there in 1963 and a lot of folks who had not. give me the idea of some perspectives from so many of these young people who showed up today who perhaps didn't know anything about the struggles that were the focus of that march 50 years ago. >> one thing that really jumped out at me is how many times up on that stage you heard people say -- and it was a lot of times women who said, women didn't speak at this march 50 years ago. and that's something that just sort of, as someone who was born after that time, i was sort of caught by surprise like, wow, okay, in 1963, this was all run by men. today you saw women have a very big presence. we talked to a lot of young people who said, you know, some of the issues
the administration did the right thing. president obama was at camp david much of the weekend celebrating his birthday but he is back in washington now. the white house says he has been briefed about the threat and his national security team has met to discuss it. >>> we are keeping an eye on this developing story out of pakistan. a red alert was issued for the capital city of islamabad. two officials tell cnn they have information about a likely attack on a high value target. >> just as you're coming to me now there are helicopters flying overhead in the capital city. what i can tell you from the officials they tell us that surround the capital city and t they overlook key installations, military installation and government buildings too. >> we'll certainly keep you updated with new developments on that story as we learn them. >>> we have new video just in to cnn. watch as tourists at a popular west coast board walk are run over by a car and police say it was deliberate. a live report and much more of this new video is next. >>> beat down on a school bus, students throwing punches, video as
. this is an unprecedented move by the obama administration. closing 19 diplomatic posts for the week. >>> san diego's mayor is taking to weeks off. he's going to rehab, counselling. dogged by sexual harassment allegations. he's hoping that therapy will help improve his image, perhaps change his behavior. we'll see. >>> this little guy. he lost on jeopardy but it didn't end there. why so many on social media think he was robbed of his win. is the better choice for him,e he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills. ♪ yup. another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve. ♪ [ male announcer ] look for the easy-open red arthritis cap. [ all ] who's new in the fridge! i help support bones... [ ding! ] ...the immune system... [ ding! ] ...heart health... [ ding! ] ...and muscles. [ ding! ] that can only be ensure complete! [ female announcer ] the four-in-one nutrition of ensure complete. a simple choice to
the settlement terms are confidential but the compensation was, quote, fair and adequate. >>> president obama is enjoying the last few hours of vacation on martha's vineyard. hoechbs the links. yesterday he played a round of golf with comedian larry david. the president returns to washington tonight. >>> tomorrow, south african olympic printer oscar pistorius will be indicted. he's charged with murdering his girlfriend who would have turned 30 on monday. as cnn's robyn curnow reports, both sides are bracing for a long trial in a case that captured the attention of the world. >> hi, i'm reva. >> reporter: she was one of south africa's top models and on monday she would have turned 30. >> here it comes. >> reporter: august 19th, instead marked by a return of court for her boyfriend oscar pistorius. the second appearance since being granted bail in february. the olympic star is charged with the premeditated murder. he said it was a tragic mistake. he heard noises and thought she was an intruder. the state says it was intentional. and after a two-month delay, the prosecution says the investigatio
days. we now know that president obama has been making a flurry of calls, he was on the phone with the president of france. we know earlier he spoke with the prime minister of the uk. it seems to be that they now have enough information and now what's happening is the allies are getting together to decide what is the best way forward. >> and chris, what are the options that the u.s. is considering? >> reporter: well, no boots on the ground. no no-fly zone. what we're hearing is potentially what's being considered at least standoff options. fighter jets, firing from outside syrian air space. perhaps cruise missiles fired from one of four navy destroyers in the mediterranean. one of those moved closer to syria. all are equipped with tom hawk cruise missiles to hit land targets from the sea and we know the pentagon recently updated the list of targets potentially to go after not only command bunkers but the actual delivery systems, the artillery batteries and launch systems that could be used to deliver chemical weapons. i'm told by sources that basically all of these options are
as the united states scrambles four warships to the region and waits for confirmation that syria president obama's so-called red line. frederick is in the capital of damascus to tell us more. hi, fred. >> yeah, carol, happened shortly after the u.n. inspectors left the hotel that they are staying at. what they have to do, they go into downtown damascus and government-held areas and then they have to cross the front line into rebel-held territory here on the outskirts of damascus. apparently, when their convoy was in the buffer zone between the government area and government-held area that's when the sniper opened fire on their vehicle and disabling the lead of their convoy. that vehicle had to be brought back. now it appears the weapon inspectors are on the ground. on a side note, carol, both sides agreed that there would be a cease-fire going on as the weapon inspectors are on the ground. i want to show you what's going on behind me because still very heavy artillerary fire going on in the outskirts of damascus. that is the area, some of the area wheres these alleged chemical weapon attacks too
of civilians. >> our law states a military coup, then aid is cut off. >> president obama won't go that far yet or pull the plug out of $1.3 billion in military assistance the u.s. gives egypt every year. that includes hardware like nya1 abe rams tanks and fighter jets, servicing and technical support as well as military training. cutting aid could cut money to american defense contractors. after all, the u.s. doesn't hand over cash to egypt. it keeps it in a trust fund administered by the treasury department. egypt decides what equipment it wants to buy. like the tank manufacturer inialin lima, ohio. israel, too, is nervous. officials telling cnn that cutting military aid to egypt could hurt israel and the region. egypt is one of only two arab countries along with jordan that made peace with israel in 1978. in israel now sees the egyptian military as the only stable force keeping the country from chaos and extremism. >> egyptian military has helped defend against jihadists, who have been plotting to launch attacks from egypt into israel. >> another possible effect of cutting military aid, weak
that they are monitoring a specific threat in yemen, the kcapital of yemen. remember, just this thursday, president obama met with yemen's president in the white house. counter-terrorism was one of the main topics they talked about. so far, the only al qaeda affiliate that has shown both the desire and ability to attack u.s. posts overseas is al qaeda in the arabian peninsula or aqap, based in yemen. >> as you said, there is this new travel alert that came out just seconds ago. let me read you a little part of that. it said an attack possibly occurring in or emanating from the arabian peninsula. clearly, there are some very specific fears for that region. one of the things we mentioned was the date right now. about a month before september 11th. the attacks in new york and 2001 and the one year anniversary of the attacks of that compound in benghazi in libya. any sense that this now round of threats causing the embassies to close this week and now this travel warning we just received, any sense those are connected to the benghazi anniversary? >> it's possible. none of the officials i spoke with are neces
leaker edward snowden himself. these new revelations today may contradict president obama's recent assurances, remember he talked last friday, about nsa surveillance programs. >> a general impression has, i think, taken hold not only among the american public but also around the world that somehow we're out there willy-nilly just sucking in information on everybody. and doing what we please with it. that's not the case. >> let me bring in three pinuated voices. ben ferguson and erol lewis. david soroda, i want to begin with you. my first question, when we look at edward snowden you hear it from different camps. you hear traitor. you hear patriot. here we are. we are still clearly talking about this and debating this. is what snowden did in the long run good for americans? suroda? >> absolutely. i think he's a hero. i think today's story is vindication of the fact he's a whistle blower. this story that was in the "washington post" today about the government breaking the law thousands of times a year in just one part of nsa, not the whole nsa, just one part, breaking the law thousand
network. >> president obama stuck to his planned weekend schedule, golfing and going to will camp david for his birthday. a white house official says the president will will continue to be updated about the threat through the weekend. the white house says it will not comment on intelligence in this case, particularly as it relates to a "new york times" report that says that some of this intelligence came from intercepted electronic communications between senior al qaeda operatives. our terrorism expert paul crookshank says regardless of what happens as a result of this threat, the terrorists have caused enough concern to prompt close urz and travel alerts like we're seeing. an anna? >> emily, thank you. >>> the threat is not limited to embassies. the state department issued a global travel alert yesterday. even if you don't see the extra security at airports, you can be certain that it's there. cnn's nick valencia reports from atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport. >> reporter: anna, for those passengers traveling dpes tickally this weekend, it should be business as usual. longer lines a
. it will be a kennedy-type name. it will be an obama-type name. i'm not surprised she's leaving the door open and if the opportunity arises, she'll go for it. >> okay, let's listen to exactly what she said, because we're going to parse every single word. here it is. >> i'm also grateful to live in a city and a state and a country where i really believe in my elected officials and their ethos and competencies. one day if i thought i could make more of a difference in the public sector or if i didn't like how my city, state, or country were being run, i'd have to ask and answer that question. >> okay, she's saying i'd ask and answer that question some time in the future maybe. certainly, as a clinton, she would have access to an amazing network of fundraisers, the name recognition would be huge for her. i think we can say that she's pretty likable. >> right. >> but is she the kind of dynamo -- i think of her as reserved. is she the dynamo that really sort of real retail politician we see in, like, hillary clinton or bill clinton? they really get into this stuff, she doesn't seem to as much. >>
on the u.s. deppmatic compound in benghazi. after that point, the obama administration was criticizeded for not responding strongly enough to that threat. this time, officials say they're acting out of what they call an abundance of caution. something else that's interesting that happened as a result of benghazi. we know the pentagon approved a marine combat team to respopd if there's a crisis. roughly 1500 marines on ships in the red sea. around 500 are split between italy and spain. n now, they are posted there full time. to respond if something happens in the area. that's something different than what happened when that attack in benghazi happened just about 11 months ago. >> thanks so much from washington. >>> the travel alert will impact americans all over the world. nick is live at atlanta's hartsfield jackson airport. so, you've been talking to passengers today. are they saying anything unusual about their travel day? >> if you're traveling dmesically this weekend, you probably won't notice a change at all. we just got back from inside the terminal, it's business as usual. there
. the obama administration was severely criticized for not responding strongly to the threat. this time officials are using this phrase. they say they're acting out of an abundance of caution. here's something we do know that affects benghazi. basically there are roughly 1500 marines on ships in the red sea, 500 marines split between italy and spain. they are posted there full-time for the sole purpose of responding if there is an attack in the area. these are marines who could go in the event that these threats turned into actual attacks and be there quicker than they were able to be there at this time last year. >> emily, thanks so much in washington. >>> a travel alert coming out of this really could impact americans for the next month or so. now we go to nick valencia a at atlanta's hart field -- hartsfield-jackson airport. >> lines shouldn't be longer, no more delays because of this travel alert, though the state department does say we should not see any visible changes in security due to this travel warning. i spoke to passengers. we got some mixed reaction. while some were comple
of physical finance during and after his term. nixon, ford, carter jogged, reagan rode horses, obama plays basketball and the first president bush even jumped out of an airplane. each one a living reminder that how much your health matters whether you're famous or not. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >>> let's check your top stories. one of the fastest moving fire in southern california still out of control. palm springs has had 14,000 acres burned so far. and seven communities have been ordered to evacuate. oprah winfrey says she was a victim of racism on a recent trip in switzerland. the media mogul said she asked to see a back and the clerk refused to show it to her. they say it was a misunderstanding and had nothing to do with racism. >>> in sports, tiger woods has a lot of work to do if he wants to take the pga championship. he's nine shots out as the second round gets under way. he tees off at 1:45 eastern. adam scott is on top of the leader board. you can catch round 2 on tnt starting at 1:00. >>> don't miss cnn's all access pass. a cnn's bleacher report special, rachel nicoles, takes
to introduce the newest member of the obama family, our new puppy, sunny. >>> this new story might have upstaged the new pup. talk about new faces at the white house. we can't exactly call them new anymore. the 1972 miami dolphins. the only undefeated team in nfl history got their long awaited photo op with the president today. it was 40 years in the making. they are a little grayer now. >> i know it's a little unauthor docks four decades after the fact, but these guys never got their white house visit after winning super bowl vii. i know some of them are a little hard to recognize these days. you know, they don't have the afros, the mutton chops, the fu man chus. >>> going to bring in the host of "the lead" jay tapper. i know you're talking to larry zonka on your show in a few moments. when you go back to '72, president nixon, watergate kept them busy? why has this taken so long? >> it is a mystery we don't fully know. back in that era it was not a hard and fast rule that if you won the super bowl or any sort of championship you automatically went to the white house. it does turn out t
for the rest of the weerk. an unprecedented move by the obama administration. so with us now from washington, d.c., is gloria borger, our chief political analyst. and so gloria, we know members of congress who have seen this intelligence, they seem to support the embassy closures, even republicans. listen to this. >> i'm a republican, but i'm saying the administration -- they've had different issues. what they are doing now is what has been to be done. they'd be derelict if they didn't. we can't criticize them for doing too much. >> congressman king, republican. is everyone up there behind the president? >> yeah, i think congressman king kind of summed it up pretty well. look, you know, even the vice president was up on capitol hill last week talking to members in a classified briefing. it's clear to me from my sources, listening to what people are saying publicly is that they have some incontrovertible evidence. and what they're doing is they're erring on the side of caution particularly given what occurred in benghazi. i mean, you know, they're trying to do a lessons learned here and be proac
? apparently when the obama administration refuses to say it is. our guest, senator john mccain, is breaking from the white house talking points on egypt, even though he just got back from a trip there at the president's
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